Have you ever explored the Wayne National Forest here in Ohio? Ohio’s only national forest has some incredible hikes along the Hocking River, and in Athens County you can explore and enjoy the Wildcat Hollow Trail. Several decades after being ravaged by coal mining, the forest is still recovering from acid mine drainage, but now that recovery could be undone.
Mentor Marsh not only provides invaluable fishing and birding habitat but it is located just south of a favorite recreational area – Headlands Beach State Park.
Unfortunately, the Marsh is threatened by a proposed permit from Shamrock Building Center, Ltd., that would fill-in and degrade wetlands upstream from the Marsh. Read More
Keep Radioactive Fracking Waste out of Ohio’s Landfills
The fracking industry has a problem – it generates toxic, radioactive waste in the forms of mud from drilling, and liquid from the chemical cocktails used to get fossil fuels from deep underground – and they don’t know where to put it.
Cincinnati Chooses 100% Green Energy
May 2nd, 2012
Thanks to everyone who helped out with this clean energy victory in Cincinnati! We asked City Council to include clean, renewable energy in their Request for Proposals (RFP) and they delivered. City Manager Dohoney has chosen to award the city’s 2-year aggregation contract to FirstEnergy Solutions, who is offering 100% renewable energy for residential and small businesses sourced from Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and the Cincinnati Zoo’s solar array.
Customers who use 700,000 kWh/year or less, are in good standing with their current utility, have no existing long-term purchase contracts with any utility, and who are not on a Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) are eligible to participate. City Manager Dohoney’s decision will save the estimated 52,400 eligible customers $133/year off their electric bills. The RFP also included the conventional generation option, and Cincinnati chose to contract with the green option, which is $23/year cheaper than the conventional option! The switch is expected to take place in June 2012.
Cincinnati is setting a positive example for its residents, the state of Ohio, and the entire country. A city as large as Cincinnati making the necessary strides to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels is tremendous. We will work to help other cities accomplish this goal – but we need your help! Be sure to tell your Cincinnati friends and families congrats on this exciting news!
Questions? Email Natalie Fox or call (614) 461-0734 x 301.